Hanasaku Iroha – 25
「私の好きな喜翆荘」 (Watashi no Sukina Kissuiso)
“The Kissuiso I Love”
That slap to the face couldn’t have come any sooner.
Since Divine talked about this show in his Spring Preview, I’ve been waiting for the moment that P.A. Works would unleash their beastly storytelling skills. In a show that focuses on a family that’s been broken up through various reasons ranging from selfish to downright horrible, there has to be some sort of resolution be it good or bad. And for an episode that’s leading up to the finale, there couldn’t have been a better way for a family like Ohana’s to finally come together.
By beastly storytelling skills, I’m referring to the feeling that I felt throughout my chest this entire episode. It’s the feeling when your chest tightens like someone’s pushing down on it when you know something’s not quite right but can’t put your finger on the problem. To make me feel like I was in Ohana’s shoes the entire time takes a strong writer, and I’m glad that whoever took care of this episode did a great job with it.
By the end of the episode, it was becoming difficult to bare that feeling in my chest. But when Enishi completely missed the point that both Ohana and Nako were trying to get across about Kissuiso changing into something it’s not, I would have flipped my entire desk over had Takako not walked over and smacked him in the face. In terms of whether or not he’s hit to run everything at Kissuiso, it feels like Enishi is still light-years away from understanding the priorities of properly running it.
Okami, or rather Sui, is such an impressive person that it’s a shame she hasn’t had more face time. I remember a stern old lady who would sacrifice her family in order to run her inn properly; but the Okami this week looked like someone who’s finally figured out what the important things are in life. If bonding with Ohana and being able to smile around her wasn’t good enough, I can’t imagine how happy Sui was to be working alongside both her children and her granddaughter — especially when she had already deemed a situation like impossible impossible.
Even though the issue involving Kissuiso closing after the Bonbori festival is lingering around, I can’t imagine something not good happening next week. That said, I’m still waiting for a tear-jerking moment that can only be done when a beautifully orchestrated plot is executed by P.A. Works’ writing team. All I can say for sure is that next week’s episode is probably going to have both Okami and Ko fighting for what they want!